Hackett wins in Melbourne

GT Championship Race 3

Eggleston Motorsport’s Peter Hackett became the third different driver to win at the BP Ultimate Australian GT event in Melbourne.

The #63 Mercedes-AMG driver won Race 3 of the weekend from second on the grid after he was promoted to the front row when Fraser Ross was handed a ten-place penalty from pole position. 

The #59 McLaren entry received his penalty for making contact with Kenny Habul’s Mercedes in Race 1 at the heavy-braking zone of Turn 3.

WM Waste Management’s Max Twigg finished second in the #8 Mercedes-AMG while Habul was third.

Most of the drama would again unfold at Turn 3 when the #99 Audi of Nick Kelly crashed into Tony Bates (#24 KFC/Ctech Laser/Moveitnet/B&B) early on in the race. 
Bates was able to keep the car running while Kelly was forced to retire with steering damage, exiting the circuit at Turn 4.
The safety car was required on the following lap when the Aussie Driver Search Audi of Lee Partridge missed his braking point, going into the side of Tony Quinn (#7 Local Legends Snacks). 
The contact brought both of their races to a close with Quinn stuck in the gravel trap while Partridge attempted to continue on, eventually crashing into the tyre barrier at Turn 5 with steering damage.

The final race of the weekend starts at 11:40am on Sunday with Habul and Ross headlining the front row.

Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

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